Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bastard - the quilt (a musical journey through one quilter's stash)

Go on... let it out. Have a big guffaw at my expense.
It took me four days just to sew the top together. Admittedly not all day, I lost the will to live around 5pm each afternoon.

Before you ask..No I am not reallylearning to love quilt making.

 Although I do like quilt finishing.

 I think I could love it, maybe, if it weren't for all the precision - and the freaking pressing.

But truthfully, making sea stars was way more fun.

 Special thanks has to go to Emma who helped out with all the complicated maths.. and the instructions.. and pretty much everything!
The free quilt pattern can be downloaded on the Ella Blue website and it is called Leaky Boats. They could not be swayed to use "Bastard"  - bizarre ! but that leaves it free for the musical !

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Where things stand

I had two weeks school holidays that were mostly spent here. 

In the first week there was a smattering of embroidery,

some preparation for the onslaught of Quilt market sewing

and the release of  little Clover.

The second week saw the arrival of my new fabric and well - you guys know the craziness that ensues from here on in.

I have made a quilt top already and OH MY FREAKING HELL it nearly killed me. Four days of sewing !!! Four days. (and it is not even that complicated).
It is called Bastard - the quilt , not the fabric range and there is not a matched point or straight seam in the whole thing.
I am about to deliver it to the quilter and I am dreading that bit where she flings it open across her big table.... maybe I can just leave it in the letterbox and run???

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Rushing in on a Sunday morning to introduce you to Peggy and her friends. I was once again honoured to be asked to create a project for the special edition of Mollie makes Big Comic Relief Crafternoon Magazine. 

The magazine has over 50 crafty projects - all super cute !! (once again I wish I could crochet )

There is crochet and pom poms and printing and silver work and just about something to suit every crafter. Of course the money raised goes to Comic relief.

The magazine is on sale in Sainsbury's but digital copies can be purchased as well.

See you soon, Have to rush, I am in the middle of a beak that just won't work and it is dementing me.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Second helpings

This is my new pin... well it is the second helping of my new pin. I designed and released this one last month 
 and things went batshit crazy and it sold out in 48 hours. I didn't even get a chance to blog it. 

Now I have restocked it (and the enthusiast pin) and am sharing it here so you guys don't miss out.

They are in the Etsy shop. The are fun, this one has the fancy spring locky clasp thingo and they really won't last long.

(I love making pins )

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Stable Mates

 Stable Mates

My personal favourite, the Palomino because he reminds me so much of the very spirited (naughty as hell ) horse I had as a girl called Chappie. 

 The donkey, because donkeys are totally awesome. 

The skewbald and piebald because I love paint horses!!  Love !!
You guys know I tried and failed at an Appaloosa but these guys mollify me somewhat.

Felt saddles and vinyl bridles to keep everyone in line of course,

and the unicorn... because every freakin' person in the universe seemed to want a unicorn added to the pattern.

A rug, because sometimes horses and donkeys need a rug.  
This pattern is available wholesale through Creative Abundance, retail in all good stores and as an instant download in my Etsy store.

Winners of the giveaway week (in no particular order) are:
Witch on the barn
Sue Niven
Fiona Forsyth
Simple Stitches

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday - sewing school

Here we are at the end of the giveaway week.

This quilt was made for me by the wondrously talented Rita of Red Pepper quilts. I know I have banged on about Rita before but I really admire her.
Not only is she crazy talented but she is extremely hard working and an all round good-egg.
Rita HAND PIECED this quilt for me - Yep. You can read all about it on her blog.
Seriously she did this in a weekend !!!

Thanks for popping in and joining me this week guys. I hope you have enjoyed checking everything out and I guess at least some of you will be happy when I pick all the winners tomorrow.

The final giveaway is a fat quarter bundle of the whole Sewing School range plus the four patterns that coordinate with it.
Cheers Guys !

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday - sewing school

Saturday - A day of errands and housework (and snippets of sewing time)

This little knitting bag was a sneaky make by my friend Anne of Said With love,

It all started when my friend Alison of Cotton Factory offered to make me the Cutest little EPP thing ! We weren't sure what she was going to make but she is addicted to fussy cutting so I just gave her the fabric and off she went. 

Despite Alison being sworn to unreleased-fabric secrecy, Anne got wind of this and begged the scraps of Alison so I ended up with the cute knitting bag as well as an awesome mini. Sneaky friends !!

Today's giveaway is a FQ of each of the Hexie prints plus a copy of the Great Scott pattern.

Hope your Saturday is going great. I'll be back tomorrow with the big finale !!